Saturday, June 30, 2007

Scrap Fest



Well, We went to scrap fest after all. We just couldn't resist. Who can resist a giant mound of fabric and not dive in? I ended up with a pound and mom bought a pound and a half. We first got there around 3:30 and by then the price was down to $12 a pound. Now THAT was a deal!! I picked up a few marble pieces that will be great in my stash. I also picked out a few pieces that will go in a fall quilt should I ever actually get to that point. We had to take a picture of Julie the owner of Patched Works. She was decked out in a skirt made out of 2-1/2 inch strips. We were laughing because we said if this were our Strip Poker night, strip poker would take on a whole new meaning as we pulled them off her skirt!!


COMMENTS:
Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.35.102)
That's cute, she has a big imagination. sounds like you had fun buying your fabric, can't wait to see what you make out of it...
Kristie


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (68.72.11.210)
Oh, that is too funny!!! I can just see you and your mom jerking strips off her skirt :0) Glad you went. Sounds like you made a nice haul.


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Julie makes going to the Patched Works really enjoyable. The store has taken on a whole new feeling since Julie bought it almost a year ago. Before that I hardly ever went there now I'm there all the time. Oh and a correction I only bought a little over a half a pound of fabric. Just a few odd pieces to add to my stash.
Cindy


Monday, July 2, 2007 - Great fun
Posted by born2quilt (162.129.72.51)
This is so funny. A scrap feast, never heard of that. I one time went to a store and the woman there who was working that day offered me any of her scraps because she was cleaning house. I took alot that day. WOW, fabric stashes are where it's at. Congrats on the new finds. Stephanie



Friday, June 29, 2007

Sliver Removal


I had a sliver today and somewhere I remembered reading that if you put super glue over the area and allow it to dry you can peel off the super glue and the sliver will come with it.

I was at work and I figured, Why Not? I'm just sitting and typing, it's not like I'm moving around and going to get stuck to something. Sure enough, it worked! And it worked well.

I was very excited to leave work today. I don't have to go back until the 6th of July and that is just one day and it's the weekend again!! Wooo Hooo

Oh, and my table. I'm so impressed with that company so far. I ordered my table at 11:58am yesterday and by 4:30pm I had an email with a tracking number saying that it already shipped. HOLY COW!! It's coming from Florida and has already made it to Nashville, TN. I'll get it on Tuesday!!

COMMENTS:
Saturday, June 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.190)
Okay Jen, don't laugh...What the HECK is a sliver? Are you talking about a splinter? Yes, I know you are laughing at me :o) Can't wait until you get your table and try it out as I will be purchasing some type of table when we get moved in the new house...
Kristie


Saturday, June 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Vera (74.196.174.121)
How funny, I have never heard anyone refer to it as a sliver either. We call them splinters. I will have to remember the glue thing though.


Saturday, June 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.32.207)
Oh by the way, enjoy your time off, what are your plans for the week? Sewing? Sewing? and more sewing? :o)
Kristie


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Yeah we've always called them slivers because it's a little sliver of something. Let me just tell you about my daughter Jen and slivers. She's never been one for any kind of blood or pain of any kind. So one time as a joke she had a sliver in her hand and we went into the bathroom to get the tweezers to get it out. In walks her Dad and he opens up this big knife and says he'll get it out for her. My girl turned sheet white and just about passed out on us. So much for a joke.
Cindy


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
Jen, I know what a sliver is!! This is in the "learn something new" category. I didn't realize that it wasn't a word that was universally used in the US. Sort of like pop. It must be a northern thing. Hazel, do they use that word in Canada? Rhoda



Thursday, June 28, 2007

I bought it!


I just hit submit. I ordered my table. I ordered it from SewingInUSA. The direct link to the table can be found HERE. It's listed at $299 with free shipping. Towards the bottom of that page there is a link that says, "Did you find a price lower than $299 someplace else?" and gives you a button to click. I filled out their short form listing Ken's Sewing Center as selling the table for $249. Theirs is also $16 for shipping. Within a few minutes SewingInUSA sent me an email saying that not only would they meet Ken's price but they would beat it giving me $70 off and free shipping. So for $229 my table will be on it's way to me shortly! I'm so excited!!

So, if anyone else out there is looking to get one of these, it's worth a shot to contact SewingInUSA to see what type of offer they'll give you.

COMMENTS:
Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Trina (172.129.248.84)
What a great bargain!! I'm too much of an impulse buyer......my husband hates that!! Enjoy your table!!


Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (12.205.65.49)
Yeah!!!!!! Good for you Jen, you won't be sorry! Michelle


Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Good for you and the discount was great .I'm sure you will enjoy it .


Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.215)
Wow, great buy! Can't wait until you get it...
Kristie


Friday, June 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover (90.199.172.244)
Good for you.
Do you think they would free ship to the UK ?

love and hugs gina xxx


Friday, June 29, 2007 - Good For You!
Posted by MoneikQuilts (209.159.204.1)
Hey That's great that you ordered it. I asked my mom if they were going to get it in and she had never heard of it. I see you must have had some influence because now Sewing USA has it at $249 too! Let us know how it works.
Moneik


Friday, June 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by bobbinhead (65.31.225.153)
Saving money up now for one


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (68.72.11.210)
Yipee! Your getting a sewing table. Have to warn you. After sewing on mine, I have become very spoiled. It's hard to take my machine and sew anywhere else with out a drop in table. You will LOVE it :0)


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bat-Trees



My drive home from work started out simple enough and then I saw the text message from my mom about her car. I called and talked to her, then to my husband and back with mom. My conversation with Mike went like this, "If you were going to jump start a car, would you rather do it with mine or yours?" I figure, he knows our car batteries better, I couldn't tell you which one of us had a newer battery. His response was pretty priceless. "Well, if my truck blows up it really won't be a loss." Ummm, ok. It SO WOULD BE A LOSS TO US!! I realize it's old, but it's not dead.

As mom said, in the end we needed to get her a new battery. We pull into the lot and I see Hancock's Fabrics is having a 75% off sale. It was horrible. Mike parked in the first stall right in front of Hancock's and told me we had no time for that. Which really is true because our Hancock's is awful. If you go in there you lose at least 3 hours of your life and it's not really that much fun. I felt conflicted going into the auto repair place when my little heart was pitter pattering for the fabric store.

Sometimes I like to pronounce Battery as "Bat-Tree" because I know it drives Mike up a wall. So I found it particularly funny when he walked into the auto parts store and announced we needed a Bat-tree for a 2001 Tracker. I dunno, maybe that's why they tried to sell us a $179 battery. It WAS funny though. He's probably still mumbling about it. He made the funniest comment about the battery which really isn't suitable for print on the web. Mike just has a hilarious way of saying things that never fails to crack me up. It's just so dry and sarcastic.

In the end though, I'm glad it only turned out to be a Bat-Tree. Really, I did intend to go home and sew. But I got sucked into this Nora Roberts Trilogy about keys and proceeded to read a book and a half. Funny, I tried reading this series 2 summers ago and just couldn't get interested in it.


COMMENTS:
Thursday, June 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.221)
That's so cute! My grandmother says things like Matt-rest for mattress and oil is earl, it drives me crazy.
Kristie



Monday, June 25, 2007

At the Dog Wash



I can't get the song "Carwash" out of my head. Except that I keep singing it as, "At the dog wash." It had been quite some time since Holly had had a bath. 9 months in fact. I'm just not big on dog bathing. Unless they smell bad or get into something dirty I really don't see the need. Maybe Cindy can give me some insight on if I'm right or not. It's just what we've always done.

Holly HATES baths. She HATES anything to do with water except to drink it. All the other neighborhood dogs will play in the baby pools set out by their owners, Holly will stand as far away as possible and crane her neck to drink out of it. We tried to take her swimming at a lake once and in the end I had to push her in. She was NOT a happy camper and got out right away.

My last dog, Sherman now he was a swimming addict. If we'd take him up to the lake, eventually we'd have to tie him up to a tree just so he'd stop going in and could dry out. He saw my husband out in the middle of the lake in his fishing boat once and proceeded to swim out to him. By the time I realized where he was headed I couldn't get to him. Mike didn't want to start the boat to come towards him because he didn't want to take the risk of hitting him with the propeller. So we had a quandry. We just hoped to heck he could make it all the way out there without reaching exhaustion...and he did. Then Mike had to try to pull him in the boat. That was a sight to be seen. I mean, it was an aluminum fishing boat...not exactly something you can throw your weight around in and when you have a grown man hanging over the side trying to pull a 95 pound dog into a boat it's a little risky!! But, it worked out in the end. We always called him Shermipottomus. He looked like the hippos swimming at the soo with his snout just barely out of the water.

So there the three of us were. Mom bathing Murphy and Mike and I fighting with Holly. She did a lot better than normal. She didn't get as vocal as she usually does. She even let me blow her dry which was a first in her 7+ years. She's so poofy now!! It's so cute to see how much body her hair has. She looks like a Llab but has the longer hair like a Shepard.

She forgave me pretty quick. I was the main bather...the one giving her the scrub down while Mike hit her with the water. We were home for about an hour. I was reading on the couch, lying on my back. Her new thing is to want to lay next to me on the couch which means I have to lay sideways and push myself into the back of the couch so that we both fit. There we laid. Good thing I had a towel on the couch. After about an hour, I was pretty damp and getting a chill. I ended up throwing a quilt over both of us. She didn't mind so she must have been chilly too.


COMMENTS:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.32.201)
How cute! I was telling your mother that I must really live in the hills. I didn't know that the pet supply stores had a place to bath dogs :o) Our dogs are all outside dogs, they don't come in the house, but of course now if I could get Old Jim in here he would have his own bedroom. You should try bathing a horse! That is really a mess, we don't do it very often, mostly just before a show.
Kristie


Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
Isn't this dog part lab? What happened to the swimming gene? We have a cocker who couldn't swim. We have a pool. On hot days we pick her up and put her in, but she's lucky to make it to the steps. Her back end keeps going down, down... In an emergency she'd never make it. I send her to a groomer. Rhoda


Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (69.208.90.46)
That is great! A doggy wash. We have one about 45 minutes from here. Have never been inside though. How often people bath their dog is all their own opinion. Some say twice a year and on the flip side, some say once a week. As long as the dogs skin isn't drying out from use of wrong shampoo or not enough cream rinse then I say go for it. I bathed seven today and must say that doggy washes are great for those doggies that really can't stand a bath. It makes my life easier if the owners bath those dogs themselves :0) Holly is a pretty dog.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover (90.196.228.93)
Stanley loves water and having a bath. Unless he's rolled in something we bath him every 3 months. When you tell him it's bath time he will run upstairs to the bathroom and jump in the bath ready. He loves the shower on him and keeps wagging his tail all the way through.

love and hugs gina xxx






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Sunday, June 24, 2007

10,000 hits!!!


Wow, I just noticed that my hit counter registered it's 10,000th hit. That's really exciting! I'd love to know where all these hits actually come from. I guess I have more readers than I ever imagined!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

When I started my blog a few months back I never thought I'd have this much I could say about quilting. Now I look forward to writing my blog and reading all the new blog entries.

COMMENTS:
Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (152.163.100.7)
CONGRATULATIONS, I'm really impressed. I too never thought I'd have anything to say and I'm really enjoying my blog and everyone elses.
Mom


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (12.205.65.222)
Hi Jen,
Probably 3765 hits came from me checking to see if you posted a blog!
Ha ha!!!!!! Keep bloggin'! I love reading what you have to say!
Michelle--your crazy friend from Iowa


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.154)
Wow, that sure is alot. I guess we all like you :o)
Kristie


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by trina447 (172.163.215.7)
Congratulations!! Its because you have a talent for writing......I'm new on here but your blog is the first one I look for.


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Your just a people person ,we all love to read your blog .Congrtulations


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (69.208.90.46)
Wow! That's awesome!!! I don't know how to get a counter on mine. Probably need that tool bar that I don't have. Must be a mac thing :0) No way I'm trading it out :0)


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by cowgirl4ever (138.162.140.38)
Congrats thats awesome. I have to agree with the other ladies I enjoy reading your posts.

Heather






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9 Patch



This is a quilt that I bought the kit for at Bits & Pieces. Honestly, the only thing that drew me in was the striped fabric that is in the border. I don't know what it is about that stripe but I LOVE it. I also picked it up to use as the binding. The rest of the fabrics are really extremely out of the box for me. In fact the one has birds on it. I'm not a big fan of birds on fabric. I honestly don't have any clue why I bought this kit.

I bought the kit in January at our first Moda-U BOM session. After we left we went to pick my Grandma up because my Aunt Joan was dying. They were doing Hospice at home. We were told it wouldn't be long so we went for a visit. When we arrived my cousin Tracey only answered the door because she was on her way to call the hospice nurse because she thought her mom had just died. She wasn't even sure yet. The rest of that day we spent with our family. My aunt Joan was Irish so we had an Irish Wake and did a lot of drinking because if you didn't have a drink in your hand it made my cousin Tracey nervous. We told a lot of stories and shared a lot of memories.

My mom and I left around 7pm. We went back to her house and then my notorious nervous energy kicked in. She sat and made herself a drink, I decided to cut the fabric out for this quilt. She made another drink, I decided to sew the quilt. It really went together rather quickly. She went to make her third drink and I said, "What's up with this, you're never going to offer ME a drink?" She made some comment about me being old enough to make my own damn drink and then proceeded to make me the strongest Jack and Sour that I've ever had with at least 10 marichino cherries in it so that I could "Catch Up" to her. Well, then my sewing got pretty darn erratic and I called it a night but hey, my quilt top was DONE.

Over the next few days we spent a lot of time with family. We picked up quite a few people from the air port and just tried to do anything we could to make those first few days easier for them by helping out in any way that we possibly could. I just felt so helpless. I needed to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING for them. While over at my cousin Tracey's I noticed that her foot stools in her living room match the stripe in the quilt top that I just made. I can't help but wonder if there is some kind of connection between my buying that quilt fabric only about an hour before my aunt died. It's just always something that's made me kind of wonder. I helped put together the photo memory boards. I took Tracey to her hair appointment. Before my aunt died, Tracey had been trying to get in to get a hair cut and hi-lites. Every appointment came and went because something either came up with her mom or one of her girls. Finally her stylist just made her 3 appointments and said she knew she'd find a way to get in for one of them. We're standing in the kitchen the day after my aunt died and they're discussing what day the memorial service is going to be. My uncle says Monday. Tracey says, "It can't be monday, my hair won't be dyed yet, I CANNOT GO TO MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL WITH GREY HAIR." And that was that. It's funny how regular day to day things can co-mingle with such saddness. Going with her was a hilarous experience. We're sitting there, passing the time and she mentions getting her eyebrows waxed and I ask if I can get mine done while we're there. So my cousin is laying back and getting her eyebrows waxed. Next thing I know she's flailing about in pain. She said she thinks getting eyebrows waxed is more painful than when she gave birth to her two daughters. So ok, I'm laughing my a$$ off. I sit back in the chair and she's saying how she just doesn't understand how I can just lay there and not move. I say, "Well, not everyone can flail around like..." and I start moving my legs and flailing my arms. The wax moves and the stylist says, "Well, we'll have to match this eye brow to the other." We all busted out in laughter. I went around for the next two months looking like I had a permanent look of surprise on my face. They were SOOOO thin. I guess it shows, I'll do anything to get my cousin to laugh!!

Oh, I guess I got off on a tangent there. Probably more than you all needed to know. Oh well. Here's the quilt:


COMMENTS:
Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (24.215.52.160)
So sorry to hear of the passing of your aunt ,you may have felt like your were doing nothing but it sounds like you did all the right things .I never know what to do or say at a time like that ,so I do what you did just keep busy and help who I can .
The eye brow story is sooooo funny , it sounds like it was fun and you had a good time ,No eye brows but lots of fun LOL


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Sorry I forgot to sign in the with the last post .


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by sewsue (168.209.98.42)
I think its a great quilt with all those color combinations. I still have to learn how to use floral with floral. I use mostly calico and a plain color and use the floral for a combination of the plain colors. You made a lovely choice with the colors combinations


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (69.208.90.46)
Pretty quilt1 The eyebrow thing is great! Sounds like something I would have said too. Too funny :0)


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.154)
Sorry to hear about your aunt, I have never heard of an Irish wake. I love the fabrics in the quilt, I think it is really nice...
Kristie






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Hexagon Quilt



This quilt is out of the Moda Chocolat line of fabric. It's fabrics match my Turning Twenty Again quilt. I want to hang this one on a quilt rack in our bedroom when the Turning Twenty Again quilt is on our bed. The center of this quilt is actually a cheater panel. I originally bought it because I didn't want to spend the money on the stack of Moda Chocolat Fat Quarters. What happened? I bought the stack anyway because I liked it so much. I'm thinking of quilting this one and using a higher loft batting and stitching in the pretend ditch. Once it gets washed a time or two I'm hoping that it gets a little poofy and is a little less obvious that it's a cheater panel.

I put this top together last December. It's just waiting in line to be quilted just like the rest of them.

COMMENTS:
Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (69.208.90.46)
I just love seeing your ufos. They are really pretty! You'll have fun qulting them. Your stippling is beautiful. I enjoy stippling and find it a fairly quick way to quilt a top.


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.199)
Love these, but as you know, I really love the Turning Twenty Again. I can't wait to make one of my own. Brown is my favorite color...
Kristie





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Sunflower Dresden Plate


Ok, here's the first of my 5 tops that need to be finished. I posted the blue and yellow pineapple quilt a while back. That one is basted and I've started the quilting on it. I really should get back to it one of these days. It wouldn't take me that long to do if I just sat down and decided to knock it out. Here's the pineapple quilt just to jog your memories:

This is a Sunflower Dresden Plate. I got the pattern and the idea out of Eleanor Burns, Egg Money Quilts book. I fell in love with the sunflower and had to make it. I bought way too many Fat Quarters and Fat Eights of yellows but I wanted there to be no two petals alike in each flower. The Dresden plates are supposed to be 20 petals each but for whatever reason I couldn't get it to work without really struggling with it. I removed one petal and it laid perfectly. I decided not to worry about it and just go with the 19.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt. I made it last summer. I want to do some stitching in each of the petals instead of just stitching in the ditch. I'd like to stipple on the tan background and then do something decorative in the border. The only reason it isn't finished yet is because I was waiting until I became really comfortable with my stippling. Now it's just a matter of waiting until the Pineapple Quilt is finished!!


COMMENTS:

Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (64.12.116.10)
Of all of the quilt tops that Jen has in process this is the one that is my very favorite top.
Cindy


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
I love that pinapple quilt blue and yellow is a great combination


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (69.208.90.46)
These quilts are both beautiful! Did you applique by hand or by machine your dresden plates??? It really is beautiful. Very nice job :0)


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.199)
These are beautiful. Love them both, but I think the pineapple is my favorite. Can't wait to see them quilted.
Kristie


Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (84.232.61.168)
very nice